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Iranian TV Personality Who Promoted Compulsory Islamic Dress Under Fire Over Photos

A well-known Iranian television personality has been accused of hypocrisy after images of her in which she is not adhering to the country’s Islamic dress code surfaced online. Presenter turned actress Azadeh Namdari has for years promoted compliance with the hijab, which in Iran refers to Islamic dress that covers ...

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Four men jailed for trafficking Polish workers to Britain

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A British court jailed four men on Tuesday for their involvement in trafficking Polish workers into the UK, tricking them into low-paid jobs and taking their wages, prosecutors said. The four men, Sabastian Mandzik, 40, Robert Majewski, 45, Pawel Majewski, 27, and ...

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India loom workers suffer hearing loss

By Roli Srivastava SURAT, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Udhiya Behera sat in a windowless room in the Indian textile hub of Surat, staring blankly at a small television as the ground shook with the noise of power looms on the floor below. For Behera, though, this was a moment ...

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India’s proposed surrogacy law raises trafficking risks

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India’s proposed law to regulate its booming surrogacy industry and curb the exploitation of impoverished Indian women could result in more foreign women being trafficked into the country to rent out their wombs, a leading expert warned on Tuesday. Prime Minister ...

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Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna Passes Away

Actor and politician Vinod Khanna passed away this morning in Mumbai after he finally lost his battle to cancer at the age of 70. Best remembered for his performances in films like Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony and Qurbani, the actor was last seen starring alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale. Vinod ...

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Refugees Return Home To Find Squalid Conditions

Standing in a battered tent flanked by mud and human waste, Sahibuddin Khan and his family of five are among the thousands of returning Afghan refugees seeking food and shelter in crowded, ramshackle camps that have sprung up on the outskirts of Kabul. An unprecedented number of Afghans are flooding ...

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Duterte targets Philippine children in bid to widen drug war

By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA (Reuters) – Before Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs had even begun, allies of the Philippines president were quietly preparing for a wider offensive. On June 30, as Duterte was sworn in, they introduced a bill into the Philippine Congress that could ...

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Just How Powerful Is The President Of The United States?

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In the Quest for Climate Justice, Who’s Left Out?

When we talk about climate justice, the first thing that comes to mind is the plight of small island states, which contribute little to global warming but suffer its worst impacts. Or perhaps we think of climate-vulnerable countries like Pakistan, where millions are at risk of displacement due to severe ...

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Preventive Health Agency calls for volumetric tax on cask wine

THE price of a four-litre cask of wine would double to almost $27 under a government agency’s plan to overhaul alcohol taxation. But wine now costing more than $20 a bottle could become cheaper under the plan, which could raise the government around $900 million. The Australian National Preventive Health ...

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